Confessions of a Spy: The Real Story of Aldrich Ames by Pete Earley
"There are things that have never come out about this case. There are still secrets that only a few know." - Aldrich Ames
For nine years, Aldrich Ames fed highly classified information to the KGB. Russia paid him millions of dollars�and promised millions more. He betrayed the identities of the United States' top agents. An act that led to their executions inside the Soviet Union. Never before in American history has one man done so much to sabotage our national security.
Pete Earley is the only writer to conduct fifty hours of one-on-one interviews with CIA mole Aldrich Ames, without a government censor present. He is the only writer to have traveled to Moscow to speak directly to Ames's KGB handlers and with the families of the spies he betrayed. And he is the only writer to have had access to the remarkable CIA mole-hunting team that tracked down and stopped Aldrich Ames.
The result is a portrait of a much more complex and diabolical man than has previously been depicted; an account of damage far worse than has ever been chronicled, including startling revelations of unreported double agents and scandal in high Washington circles; and a story of three women who bucked every obstacle the CIA male establishment could throw at them, to expose perhaps the most devastating spy in modern U.S. history.
This is an extraordinary human drama, a modern morality play charged with love, sex, greed, betrayal, and heroism.
"All of the people whose names were on my list knew the risks they were taking when they began spying for the CIA and FBI. If one of them had learned about me, he would have told the CIA, and I would have been arrested and thrown in jail. Now that I was working for the KGB, the people on my list could expect nothing less from me. It wasn't personal. It was simply how the game was played." - Aldrich Ames, Russian spy